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Sri Lanka President not in favour of snap elections, says close aide

President Sirisena's close aide Piyadasa quashed rumours that Sirisena may opt for a snap poll with a dissolution of parliament to end the political crisis in Sri Lanka.
File photo of Sabarimala temple | PTI

On Sabarimala, blame out-of-touch Indian liberal elite not the court

In a democracy, courts may defy public opinion, but on balance, courts are likely to go with popular sentiment.
public servant

User-friendly doormats to safe players: The many types of public servants in India

It's a tragedy that inefficiency and non-accountability overtake many at incredibly fast pace after the initial grand entry.
Ambedkar

Constitution framers did not anticipate use of criminal law in reforming Muslim Personal Law

The emphasis in the Constituent Assembly was that reform of the Muslim personal law should be done voluntarily.
Hiralal Shastri

Hiralal Shastri, the man who pushed for equal rights within Constituent Assembly

The first chief minister of Rajasthan, Shastri also co-founded the all-women Banasthali Vidyapith.
Steve Bannon

The echo chamber is the enemy of democracy

New Yorker editor's move to withdraw invitation to former White House strategist Steve Bannon has sparked a huge controversy.
Supreme Court of India

Disappointed with govt for leaving Section 377 decision to ‘court’s wisdom’ : Justice Chandrachud

The SC Judge, who was part of bench that decided to decriminalise gay sex, questioned the government for not taking a call on sensitive issues such as the recent challenge to Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.
Representational image | SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images

The word Dalit is not ‘unconstitutional’. It is empowering

What's unconstitutional is telling the media not to use the word 'Dalit'.
Constitution of India

What India of today can learn from constitutional conversations on fraternity

In a nation where citizens are lynched for their choice of food, we need to adopt a way of life wherein we live the value of fraternity.
Participants of last year's ConQuest | By Special Arrangement

Knowing your Constitution has an added incentive — winning ConQuest 2018

The quiz will comprise four regional rounds and a national final in Bengaluru for which eight teams will qualify.

OnCamera

shiv sena

Is pact with Shiv Sena sign of BJP’s desperation or smart manoeuvring ahead of elections?

The BJP and the Shiv Sena will contest the Lok Sabha and the Maharashtra assembly election in alliance. The BJP is also forming an alliance with AIADMK in Tamil Nadu.

Defence

What is a Hawk, the jet that crashed at Aero India rehearsal in Bengaluru

The introduction of the Hawk resurrected the Surya Kiran aerobatics team in 2015, but Tuesday, two aircraft collided in Bengaluru, killing one IAF officer.
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.